Daniel Cormier vs Derrick Lewis

Daniel Cormier vs Derrick Lewis : UFC 230 fight to fight will start on saturday Cormier vs. Lewis fight card.Live UFC 230 Media Day took place in New York City on Thursday, in final build-up for Saturday’s pay-per-view event at Madison Square Garden. As usual, the fight week event concluded with the traditional faceoffs, including heavyweight championship headliners Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis.

You can watch the full staredowns courtesy of Submission Radio, who are on-site in New York throughout the week to provide you full event coverage. The faceoffs were for the entire main card and the top two preliminary card bouts: Jason Knight vs. Jordan Rinaldi and Sijara Eubanks vs. Roxanne Modafferi.


NEW YORK – One of the primary narratives from Daniel Cormier going into his UFC 230 title defense against Derrick Lewis is that his challenger has overcome a great deal in order to reach the point of fighting for UFC heavyweight gold.

Cormier (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) has explained how Lewis’ (21-5 MMA, 12-3 UFC) perseverance has led him from being locked in jail several years ago to a rise up the division to the point of competing for a belt. The champion has given “The Black Beast” nothing but praise, but Lewis has historically been hesitant to discuss his background.

Although Lewis is shy about his history, he said he doesn’t have a problem with what Cormier has said, even though he doesn’t view it as necessary.

“That’s fine with me,” Lewis told MMAjunkie at UFC 230 media day. “I don’t care. I’m guessing he’s used to trying to dig up dirt on people’s backgrounds because of him and Jon Jones going back-and-forth. He felt like he needed to bring that type of stuff up for me to really try to sell this fight. But I’m guessing to me, he didn’t really have to do that.”

UFC 230 takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York. Lewis vs. Cormier headlines the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

If Lewis had his way, though, he said he would do nothing but stay in isolation with absolutely no talk about him.

“I prefer people don’t talk about me period, at all,” Lewis said. “It would be great if they forget about me next week. I’m going to turn my phone off (after the fight).”

Lewis won’t be able to fly under the radar if he takes the belt from Cormier, though. Although “DC” is a sizable favorite to defend the gold, Lewis knows he has the ability to end any fight with one shot. He’ll be hunting for just that on fight night.

“Whenever I get tired of him hitting me and taking me down, then I’ll go ahead and try to finish the fight,” Lewis said.

The massive risk that threatens Brock Lesnar’s big-money UFC return v Daniel Cormier.

DANIEL Cormier and the UFC are taking a big risk.
When Cormier dropped Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 to become a double champion, and Brock Lesnar popped by for a ‘surprise’ post-fight Octagon visit; Dana White, Cormier, and everyone else in T-Mobile Arena saw but one thing: $.

The heavyweight champion against Brock Lesnar is the WWE star’s first UFC fight since 2016. An obvious money-maker. A pay-per-view that would be expected to do over a million buys.

And Cormier looked content to wait for 2019; both to recover from a hand injury, and allow Lesnar’s suspension to end.

Order UFC 230: Cormier v Lewis on November 1 (AEDT) on Main Event for $54.95.

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That was until the MMA world cried out in anger as White announced Valentina Shevchenko v Sijara Eubanks as the main event for UFC 230 in New York. It was uninspiring. The kind of fight that looked lost at the top of a card set for Madison Square Garden.

Cormier, being the company man he is, stepped up.

He agreed to fight Derrick Lewis for the heavyweight title on short notice.

Lewis is coming off a miracle last-minute knockout of Alexander Volkov; a fight that perfectly encapsulated the risk Cormier is taking.

Three rounds of heavyweight domination from Volkov was undone by one punch. Lewis shocked the arena, and then told the world that his ‘balls was hot’.

Derrick Lewis celebrates knocking out Alexander Volkov.
Derrick Lewis celebrates knocking out Alexander Volkov.
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It was fun, and for White, presented an opportunity.

So, Cormier will fight this weekend. And while he’s expected to dominate his opponent; the stakes have really never been higher.

The 39-year-old has made no secret that he plans to retire by 40, with Lesnar expected to be his last dance in the Octagon – at least in the heavyweight division.

The calculation is simple. For Cormier, and the UFC, to get that big-money, big-interest showdown in 2019, he needs to be the champion. So in Lewis, there’s very little to gain, and everything to lose.

But that’s the wrong way to look at it, according to Cormier, who believes his legacy is already cemented.

“It’s very risky, this is a guy that can finish a fight in no time,” Cormier said on Friday (AEDT).

“But you’ve got to understand the mentality of a fighter. Where some people see Derrick Lewis knocking out all these guys, it scares them.

“[For] me, it excites me. It gives me the ability to go out there and really put an end to anything he’s built.

“I like taking guys, and after I’m done with them, they’re never the same. I like showing them that there’s a place they can go to in a fight that’s so uncomfortable that they never truly push themselves anymore … I like breaking dudes.

“That’s the difference between me and a lot of other guys. If I was to get beat by Derrick Lewis, and I had nothing else, I’d still be okay.

“Reality is, what I’ve done is done. You can’t take it away.

“On July 7 [UFC 226] I submitted my place in MMA history, so if I lose, I lose.”

If the Lesnar showdown never happens, that’s fine too, because Cormier is “going to make more money in TV” than he’s ever made fighting.

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